|Engine 1 was originally purchased new by the Hillsborough, CA Fire Department in 1970 and was the first of three Crown Firecoaches purchased by the department. Assigned serial number F1652, she is powered by a Cummins 855 diesel engine paired with a Spicer 5-speed manual transmission. F1652 is fitted with a Waterous 1,250gpm pump with 500 gallon tank and is currently being used for training at a community college.
Thanks to Robert Cook and Don Jarvis for sharing these images with us!
|Updated September 2, 2008|
|What a difference a year makes! Don Jarvis writes:
The photos you currently have posted were taken while the rig was at the College of San Mateo fire academy where it sat outside for 5-6 years.
I purchased it last September and have completed what I'll call a "partial restoration", which consists of cleaning, polishing, and putting back all the things that disapeared while at CSM including the siren, all the lights, namplates, ect. Well, look at the "before" picture on your site and the one attached here and you'll see what I mean. A more complete restoration, including paint, will follow over the next couple years.
I must acknowledge Matt Monson, who supplied many of the missing pieces. I would not have been able to get F1652 this far without his kindness. He gave me access to his parts rig (1969 ex-San Mateo Crown pumper) which I first saw on your site. So in a way, much of the credit for the rebirth of F1652 belongs to you.
Thanks, Don, for the kind words and we all look forward to seeing her finished in all her glory!